Always reading Caravan (ARC) is a non-governmental, not-for-profit, and non-religious organisation based in Suphanburi province Thailand, committed to promoting joy of reading and learning through various activities including mobile library services to children and adults both with and without disabilities in rural areas of the country.
The organisation was founded in Jan. 2010 by Yoshimi Horiuchi, and currently conducts activities in two areas: Oothong District, Suphanburi Province, and Phrao District, Chiangmai Province.For more information, view our brochures in the following three languages:
We value JOURNEY, which stands for the following:
Always Reading Caravan (ARC) is a non-profit organization founded in 2010 by Yoshimi Horiuchi, a blind bookaholic from Japan. While she was studying in Bangkok, she visited numerous villages and disability related organizations throughout the country and realized that people with or without disabilities have very limited access to information and reading materials due to reasons such as the high cost of books and the lack of libraries especially in rural areas. With this experience, she initiated projects that provide means to connect books to people, and people to books.
ARC focuses on Central Thailand and Northern Thailand. For more detail, please visit our Projects page.
Administrative and PR-related work is conducted in this area. Activities with volunteer staff, such as those listed below, are also organized here:
Here we have been conducting activities on a permanent basis since 2012. Yoshi was introduced to this community by Warm Heart Foundation which is a community development organization who also work in Phrao District.
Activities in this region include:
Decades later, we envision our mobile libraries to be available in small villages around the country like mobile ice-cream shops. Like ice-cream, children and adults can come and select their favorite books at their doorstep. Also, ARC will work with each community to set up a small library within the village so that bookworms can keep reading even after ARC moves to another location.
ARC Founder / Director
About: A Japanese blind woman who is determined to make society be one place for all
Administrative Officer in charge of projects around Phrao, Chiangmai
Nickname: Tu, Pin
About: Active, straightforward, and fun-loving
Library Enhancement Officer at Rang Mai Library
About: Enthusiastic, confident and kind-hearted
Library Activities Co-ordinator at Rag Mail Library
About: Creative, kind and friendly
Teacher at Sunshine Kids Center
About: Lively, strong, and caring
Library Enhancement Officer at Bai Mon Library
About: Determined, sincere, and gentle
About: Arty, compassionate, easy-going
Public Relations Officer
About: Funny, cheerful, thoughtful